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Subject:Re: Red button: next in the saga From:Keith Hood <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com> To:'TECHWR-L' <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Thu, 23 Jul 2009 15:42:17 -0700 (PDT)
In some cases, especially in manufacturing, a consultant is someone you hire to do things you know you need to do but are afraid would make you lose face. Like listening to the workers. There were times when I was younger working industrial jobs, I saw "consultants" and "efficiency experts" who were paid big money to solve the company's problems, and after they nailed down where the bathroom and the cafeteria were, the first thing they did was come down to the line and say "What's wrong?" to the people running the brake press or the wave solder tank. The execs would never do that. Sometimes, consultants make a living through being human insulation between the egos in the board room and the reality of the shop floor.
--- On Thu, 7/23/09, John Garison <john -at- garisons -dot- com> wrote:
> From: John Garison <john -at- garisons -dot- com>
> Subject: Re: Red button: next in the saga
> To: "Al Geist" <al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com>
> Cc: "'TECHWR-L'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
> Date: Thursday, July 23, 2009, 6:02 PM
> Consultant (Noun): Someone from the
> outside you pay a lot of money to
> tell you what your good inside people are already telling
> you for free.
> Al Geist said the following on 7/23/2009 3:51 PM:
> > If they want to have and outside "expert" repeat what
> you've been saying,
> > fine. To them you're just a "tech writer." You're job
> is to document what we
> > design...even if it stinks. That's all they want to
> pay your for. All of us
> > who have been around for a while have worked for
> companies like that. It
> > sucks if you let it get personal, so don't let it get
> personal. If they are
> > doing something stupid, explain to them there is a
> better way. If they
> > listen...great. If they don't listen, be satisfied
> that their ignorance
> > bought you a nice dinner or some downtime at the
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